The Straz Center’s Arts Legacy REMIX Was a Long Time in the Making and Looks Like It’s Here to Stay.

What started as a conversation about celebration the Tampa area’s rich artistic heritage turned into a free concert series drawing unexpectedly large crowds. After a brutal warrior’s stint in Vietnam that gave him an ultimatum to become brutal himself or take a higher calling, Fred chose love. A longtime jazz musician who’d played with Aretha […]

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Straz Salutes: an organizational mission to make sure our military and veteran communities know they have a place at The Straz.

We’ve always had a soft spot for military, veterans and their families, which is why we’ve offered discounted tickets for our armed forces guests for years. Since 9/11, the country as a whole has seen more wounded warriors return home with visible and invisible injuries sustained in the line of duty. Since we regard our […]

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Straz Arts Education Program, Broadway Buddies Unites Kids from Different Learning Backgrounds

A little bit exchange program, a little bit Big Brothers/Big Sisters, a little bit theater boot camp and a lot of laughs – that describes the remarkable new program launched by Patel Conservatory’s Acting Director of Community Engagement and Education Programs Alice Santana and theater instructor Matt Belopavlovich. Inspired by Hillsborough County Schools’ PEERS program, […]

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Patel Student Spotlight: Mateo Valdes

Eleven-year-old music student Mateo Valdes’ violin journey at the Patel Conservatory. Patel Conservatory violin student Mateo Valdes has a very deep and wise gaze under a flop of shaggy, dark bangs. He doesn’t make eye contact much, but when he does, he seems to possess a kind of old-soul way of knowing that belies his […]

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This Is What It Looks Like to Change a Child’s Life

On the far side of the indoor basketball court, a line of wobbly-kneed elementary school kids stomps through a sequence of shuffle-step, shuffle-step with their dance teacher clapping time. Their shiny, tiny tap shoes clobber the gymnasium with sounds, their faces an endearing mix of intense concentration and unadulterated joy. Out of context, this line […]

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Patel Conservatory Outreach Program Gives Life Skills to Adults with Disabilities

“I’m Amanda, and my movement is this!” A young woman with long brown hair and a big smile circles her arms.

Their teacher, Patel Conservatory theater education faculty member Sarah Berland, her dark curls bouncing, laughs along with the group, pushing them gently during this theater game to try something new, to express themselves in a different way, to make sure they are following instructions.

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Outreach Spotlight: Opera in Schools

Opera Tampa Singers Ensure Opera’s Future One Aria at a Time “How did you get into opera singing?” “How do you sing so loud without a microphone?” “Do you speak Italian?” “How old were you when you started?” Soprano Kristi Beinhauer beams among a throng of middle school students who rushed her after the opera assembly where […]

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